On Saturday, September 8, 2019, Golden Ray capsized inside Port of Brunswick harbour, shortly after unberthing and continuing in direction of Port of Baltimore. The ship departed the dock in Brunswick shortly after midnight and had travelled solely 23 minutes when it began to checklist to the port aspect and capsized.
The crew of 23 and the port pilot have been all rescued. Quick and decisive motion by the pilot meant that the ship grounded in comparatively shallow water and away from the primary transport approaches to the port.
The ship was carrying a cargo of name new Kia and Hyundai vehicles together with different autos certain, ultimately, for the Center East. It’s thought that 316 Kia Telluride SUVs, that are taller and heavier, could have affected the ships steadiness. The ship had additionally discharged a considerable amount of ballast water earlier than getting into into port, which might have counteracted the extreme checklist the ship skilled. It was additionally found that the door by which the pilot entered the ship had been left open and allowed the ship to tackle water.
Resulting from delays brought on by unhealthy climate and COVID-19, the primary act of reducing the Golden Ray into 8 segments solely occurred just lately and the bow part returned to shore for additional dismantling.